Saturday, 28 November 2015

Soon the Bells Will Start

Usually we wait until early December before putting our Christmas decorations up. But from now until Christmas, our weekends are booked up. Plus, we have one very excited and enthusiastic 4 year old on our hands here. He has been talking about putting the tree up since October, so this morning we done the whole climbing in to the roofspace thing to dig out the festive ornaments.

Noah was only 6 months old the last time we done this, so it was beyond him then. He still doesn't understand a jot what is going on. But that didn't stop him getting right into the middle of everything. And after watching Jack hang a number of decorations on the tree, he tried joining in too. Dear love the wee pet. Some didn't survive his vice like grip. RIP Mini nutcracker men, and there are a number of brave armless angels and soldiers hanging from different branches now too.

Ugly Christmas Sweater £35.65 Zazzle

Jack was gifted this lovely personalised book from the guys at I See Me, a book which made Jack the star! My husband is a professional illustrator, so we tend to be fussy about books in this family! This 12 Days Of Christmas book appealed to me, as I loved the vintage illos. The best bit for Jack is finding his own name throughout the book. There are loads of other christmas themed books in the range, as well as many others, such as gifts for newborns and older boys and girls. Thanks so much to I See Me. Check them out!

The lucky ducks we are... we were also sent some lovely new stockings from Zazzle. Personalised just for Noah. Which was nice, because Jack has been around for a lot longer and built up quite a little mountain of personalised decorations. Check out my husbands Ugly Christmas Sweater! Thanks Zazzle!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

November Rain

What utterly rubbish weather we're having. It's making me feel thoroughly down in the dumps. All that gorgeous low sun shining through the autumn trees is gone, and now it's just all day mizzle blowing sideways through bare branches and the remaining soggy rotten leaves lying by the roadside. Boo.

Old Tullyvar Station House

Still, I hate being cooped up in the house all day. So does Jack. Plus, it was time to move Jackie into the next size up welly boots, so when they arrived, he was itching to get out and splash through some muddy puddles. I'm an Aigle fan, as you may know. Over the years Jack has pretty much had every single colour of Aigle welly boots, with an occasional pair of Hunters thrown in for good measure. We have never owned an orange pair of boots though. So when I spotted these, I knew these were the ones. They've photographed more red (they're a deep burnt orange) - look at them there - all shiny and new. They weren't so shiny after this muddy walk, let me tell you.

Aigle Wellies

Noah is his Daddies boy at the minute. I'll try not to take it personally. But he'll choose his Da over his Mammy anytime. I remember little phases like this with Jack too. I used to fall in and out of favour a lot. I suppose I still do. So I worry less than I used to. It gives me a wee break if anything!

Cousin Thomas came out to wade through puddles with us this day. Matching hats and all! Boys just love a puddle, don't they?

That's all from us this week. I have no week that was seeing as I haven't been too inspired to photograph in this rain. Stay dry, all! x

Monday, 9 November 2015

Down by the Pond

Well, the first week back after half term sure flew by! This is where the big homework starts, so that's something new to factor in to the day. We usually fit that between making lunches for the next day and starting dinner. The days are busy busy busy. During the half term break, we met up with my cousin and her little one, and went for a walk around Castle Espie, bird sanctuary. 

Coat Uniqlo      /     Boys Slim Cord Slacks £12.99 Zara 

The most enjoyable part for me was feeding all the birds - but the boys may as well have been anywhere else as their favourite activity was jumping in this massive puddle. They waded and splashed around in it for ages. Wellies are definitely the footwear of this season for us. 

In other news, we had been having difficultly getting Jack to sleep in his bed all night. Every single night without fail he would quietly get up and hop into our bed. He slept well, but we didn't. It was all a bit of a squash, we got too hot and Kicky McGee kept jabbing his little feet into my kidneys all night. It was most annoying. I was at the end of my tether. I had tried everything to no avail. This had been going on for a couple of years, so old habits die hard and all that. 
Well, finally, after some perseverance, and a combination of a gro-clock and a reward chart, we have broken this nightly sequence and Jack is sleeping in his bed right until his alarm goes off at 7am. It's an amazing feat for him. If he wakes before 7, he stays in bed until it's time to get up. And you know why? Because he loves to move his 'yay' star one more step up his reward chart! 7 consecutive nights in bed means a reward. The first reward was a nerf gun, which was well worth working for. Now, weekly prizes include going out for ice-cream, a day at a friends house, and a chocolate bun. It's such a great achievement for us all. And thank goodness we have Jack sorted because Noah has decided it's his turn to get up multiple times during the night. Sigh.

I've been featuring Zazzle loads recently as they have kindly sent Jack and Noah loads of gorgeous stuff. The choice (although overwhelming sometimes) is amazing. My advice? Just type in something you love... 'rainbow', 'vintage', 'dinosaur'. That cuts down the vast array of choice into a more manageable chunk. In this case, I typed in 'squid'. Jack is very into sea creatures currently. He loved this hoody.
As always, a huge thanks to Zazzle. Check them out!

Hat H&M    /    Coat Marks and Spencers

Looking through these photos makes me realise I need to book Jack in for a haircut this week. I love those curls, but they definitely need a little trim! Have a great week, friends. x

Here's our week that was:

1. Noah, 17 months old
2 & 8. Grapevines in Nanny and Pappies greenhouse
3. Autumn leaves in every colour
4. Visiting with Great great Auntie Doris
5. Playground bumps!
7. G'iz a kiss, small human.